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the United States Department of State INL beat the INL beat International Narcotics & Law Enforcement Affairs Fall 2009 Supt. Joseph Myvette; Asst. Supt. Simon Alvarez; Asst. Nicaraguan National Police and school officials readying INL-donated visual aids. Supt. Joachim Sabal; Inspectors Alton Alvarez; Bert Bowden; Cristobal Valerio; Andrew Ramirez; and Alden Educational Program in Nicaragua Aims to Dawson were selected to participate in the course. Curb Drug Use Eight Belizean Policemen in the U.S. T he Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) and the United States Embassy Managua to add a visual component to the learning environment. for Advanced Training are working to expand a national pre- INL and the U.S. Embassy Managua have helped facilitate access to the critical T he Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) sponsored eight Belizean police officers to school education program by facilitating access to critical learning materials which visual aid materials needed to run the program so that “Segundo Paso” could could help reduce that country’s demand expand into new areas of the country and study at the International Law Enforce- for illicit narcotics. benefit a greater number of children. ment Academy in Roswell, New Mexico The “Segundo Paso” Program, which is The program, which costs around $10,000 from September 14–October 9, 2009. part of the Merida Initiative, aims to curb a year, benefited approximately 500 chil- The Belizean officers joined officers from destructive behavior and drug use in Nica- dren in 2008 and is expected to grow to Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, and ragua by addressing some of the emotional about 900 beneficiaries over the course of Panama for the training session. This is issues faced by young people. To relate to the current year. the fourth time the Department of State, Above: President Obama greets a Mexican training program participant accompanied by Prime Minister Stephen its young audience, the program uses pup- Harper of Canada (middle, behind) and President Felipe Calderon of Mexico (right, behind). through the Merida Initiative, has sent pets, video programs, and other materials Left: Recognition ceremony for Mexican Federal Police training; from left to right: Prime Minister Steven Harper; participants from the Government of Be- President Felipe Calderon; President Barack Obama; and U.S. Embassy Narcotics Affairs Section Director Keith lize to attend ILEA training in 2009. Mines, originally from Aurora, Colorado. The officers attended the Advanced Man- U.S. Delivers Police Vehicles to the Lebanese agement Course which is designed for law Internal Security Forces North American Leaders Recognize enforcement personnel who are designated by their government as having responsibil- O n July 1, 2009 the Bureau of Inter- national Narcotics and Law Enforce- These vehicles are in addition to 60 police sport utility vehicles and 360 police cars Merida Initiative Police Training ity for vital areas of national security. The challenging course focused on six areas, including: leadership; criminal justice ment Affairs (INL) and the U.S. Embassy Beirut turned over 120 Dodge Charger vehicles equipped with sirens and police that have been provided to the Lebanese Internal Security Forces in the past two years. Together this assistance will help O n August 10, as part of the North American Leaders Summit, President Obama, President Calderon of Mexico, pating in training, with 73 instructors from U.S. federal agencies, the Chicago Police Department, Harris County Texas Sheriffs in global crime issues; terrorist threats; lights to the Lebanese Internal Security the ISF to expand policing operations and Prime Minister Harper of Canada par- Department, Royal Canadian Mounted technology; managing law enforcement Forces (ISF). The vehicles were officially throughout the country, and to protect ticipated in a ceremony with a representa- Police, and other international partners. organizations; and crisis management. transferred to the ISF during a ceremony the Lebanese people. These cars will be tive group of students and instructors from Included in this effort is training for a in Beirut that was attended by Assistant used for traffic investigations and incident INSIDE the Mexico Federal Police Investigator cadre of Mexican instructors for sustained Secretary of State of the Bureau of Inter- response operations throughout Lebanon. training program in San Luis Potosi. The future training of not just Federal, but INL Costa Rica Refurbishes Interceptor national Narcotics and Law Enforcement This delivery is part of a larger INL initia- Boats............................................................... 2 Bureau of International Narcotics and hopefully Mexican state and municipal For further information, visit: Affairs, David Johnson, U.S. Ambassador Law Enforcement Affairs and the Narcot- police as well. tive to assist legitimate, professional law Integrated Effort in Colombia Brings Rural www.state.gov/p/inl to Lebanon, Michele Sison, and the Leba- enforcement institutions in Lebanon and ics Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy In Guadalajara, President Obama greeted Tumaco Communities “COMFORT” ............ 2 nese Minister of Interior, Ziad Baroud. is a symbol of U.S. support for the ISF, the Mexico City have organized an ambi- students and instructors, including Detec- United States Department of State New Network Operations Center for tious effort to train 9,000 Federal Police Lebanese government, and the citizens tive Oscar Seledon of Chicago Police Bureau of International Narcotics & Law Global INL ..................................................... 2 investigators by the end of the year. The of Lebanon. This assistance, which has Department, from the Merida Initiative Enforcement Affairs U.S.-led portion of training commenced included training for over 2,400 ISF offi- A Profile in Courage ...................................... 2 police investigator training course being 2201 C Street, NW, Room 7333 on July 20 at San Luis Potosi, and there conducted at the federal police training cers and the refurbishment of ISF training Personnel Highlights ...................................... 2 Washington, D.C. 20006 facilities, will contribute to supporting a are now more than 1300 students partici- academy in San Luis Potosi, Mexico. “ 202-736-4885 Lebanese Internal Security Force capable Eight Belizian Police in the U.S. for Training. 4 of protecting Lebanon’s territory and INL and the U.S. Embassy Mexico City have organized Educational Program in Nicaragua Aims to Released October 2009 sovereignty. an ambitious effort to train 9,000 Federal Police ” Curb Drug Use ............................................... 3 INL provided Dodge Charger police cruisers await U.S. Delivers Police Vehicles to the Lebanese investigators by the end of the year. deployment with the Lebanese Internal Security Forces. Internal Security Forces ................................. 4 4 the INL beat Fall 2009 Personnel Highlights INL Costa Rica INL Officer Wins Prestigious Annual extraordinary contributions made by one Refurbishes Boren Alumni Award Boren Scholar and one Boren Fellow each Interceptor Boats O n August 21st the National Security year with these awards. I n 2001, the Bureau of International Education Program (NSEP) announced Coast Guard Liaison Honored at State Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs’ its 3rd Annual NSEP Boren Alumni Award Department Award Ceremony office in the U.S. Embassy San Jose donated a 30-foot interceptor boat, dubbed “Scor- winners, including Tamara Crouse of Little- ton, Colorado as the 2009 Sol Linowitz Award winner. T he Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) and Coast Guard Chief of Operations for pion 8,” to the Costa Rican Coast Guard (SNGC). While the boat has performed well The Sol Linowitz Award was named in honor International Affairs recognized Com- for the Coast Guard in the years since, it of Ambassador Sol Linowitz. Ambassador mander Phil Welzant of Crofton, Mary- was in need of a major overhaul to ensure Left: A young girl suffering from burns in a cooking accident awaits medical treatment from the crew of the USS Comfort. High Point (NC) Police Patrolman Ken Leonard taking the Linowitz was trained as a lawyer and became land for his efforts during his three-year Right: Colombian National Police and patients outside a medical clinic in Boco Tomo. department physical agility test—and passing. the General Counsel, and later Chairman of assignment as Coast Guard Liaison to continued quality service. In March of 2009, Political/Narcotics Affairs Integrated Effort in Colombia Brings Rural A Profile in Courage the Board of the Xerox Corporation. Presi- Department of State. CDR Welzant coor- dent Lyndon Johnson appointed Mr. Linow- dinated over 150 Maritime Operational Tumaco Communities “COMFORT” I Officer Robert Andrew of Chico, California nternational Police Advisor Ken Leonard and U.S. Navy Senior Chief Alberto Rios itz as Ambassador to the Organization of Threat Response (MOTR) cases, includ- I n June 2009, the Bureau of Interna- villages were able to send around 300 had been serving in the Bureau of Interna- ing counter drug, migrant, piracy, fisher- teamed-up to budget and plan the repairs American States in 1966. He later served as a tional Narcotics and Law Enforcement people to Tumaco for medical attention tional Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs’ ies, and environmental response, and and refit of this vessel together with SNGC co-negotiator for the Panama Canal Treaties, Affairs (INL) supported a week-long op- with the help of USAID-provided fuel and (INL) Iraq Mission for 16 months when his was the U. S. Government’s designated maintenance technicians. Supporting with a and from 1979-1981 as President Carter’s eration by the Colombian National Police INL-funded boat captains. convoy was struck by an Improvised Explo- Competent Authority for United Nations budget of approximately $3000, the inboard personal representative to the Middle East to evacuate hundreds of patients from sive Device near Baghdad. He lost both of his Article 17 boarding requests from foreign motors of “Scorpion 8”were replaced with In another remote USAID-supported Peace Negotiations. remote areas so that they could receive lower legs in that explosion on December 30, nations. Commander Welzant was recog- two outboard Yamaha 200 engines – the refit area of Bajo Mira, the Colombian Na- This year’s winner, Tamara Crouse was adequate medical care. 2005. After several operations and 15 months nized for his contribution to several sig- paid with INL funds and the engines coming tional Police set up a clinic in Boco Tomo. awarded a Boren Fellowship in 2003 to study of physical therapy with two prosthetic legs, nificant initiatives including the United from Costa Rican seized narco-organization Working in conjunction with USAID and Through the help of a locally employed Uyghur in China. She earned a Master’s Ken was ready to go back to work. Back to Nation’s Security Council resolution on assets. The Costa Rican maintenance tech- the U.S. Military Assistance Group, INL INL medic, patients were examined so degree in Global Studies from the University work meant the High Point, North Carolina Piracy, the MOTR response to attack on nicians are most familiar with repairing and supported the Colombian National Police that those with severe injuries could be of Denver in 2004. She has shown an out- Police Department. Although many doubted the U. S. flagged MAERSK ALABAMA, servicing Yamaha engines, and thus will be in transporting hundreds of patients from shuttled to the better equipped facility in standing commitment to serving our country that a former police officer missing his lower coordination of dialog that led to con- able to provide better maintenance for this remote areas of the Tumaco municipality Tumaco. Ailments treated ranged from through her work as an Intelligence Specialist legs could return to the department, the tinued collaboration between the U. S. vessel ensuring that its operational readiness in order to receive treatment by the crew vision loss among the elderly to children within the U.S. Navy Reserve and as a Foreign Chief of Police told Ken that if he could pass Coast Guard and Russian Border Guard, rate will be higher than before. of the United States naval vessel “USS burnt in cooking accidents. One young Affairs Officer within the Bureau of Interna- the physical agility test, he could once again and enabling training opportunities for Comfort,” which was visiting the region. girl, suffering from a particularly debilitat- tional Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs Particularly rough sea conditions on Costa become a patrolman. naval counterparts of the People’s Re- The operation is part of a broader effort ing hand injury, was referred for surgery on (INL). Ms. Crouse started with the Depart- Rica’s Pacific Coast pound interceptors, Ken took the test—and failed. He failed not public of China. In addition to his duties by the Colombian government to bring the “USS Comfort”. ment of State in October 2006, and currently requiring regular hull repair and mainte- because he wasn’t fit enough to pass, but at the State Department, Commander security and economic opportunities to The ship visit provided a valuable oppor- covers Peru and Ecuador with INL. nance. Therefore, long overdue hull repairs because his prosthetic legs would get caught on Welzant played a pivotal role coordinat- areas of the country most heavily affected tunity for the Colombian police to make were also performed on “Scorpion 8” that the corrugated grooves of the pipe he had to NSEP has awarded more than 3,500 scholar- ing the International Affairs Work Group by drug trafficking. In all, over 800 people inroads in communities where security and will enable the vessel to be fully sea-worthy crawl through. Not discouraged, Ken was fitted ships and fellowships to U.S. students to study to help shape the future of Coast Guard received medical treatment. social services are rare. INL is involved in once again. with new and more streamlined prosthetics languages and cultures of the world that international engagement. CDR Wel- The communities of Guayacana, Cajapi, other outreach opportunities in Tumaco, are less frequently studied, but critical Sr. Chief Rios, an experienced sailor with and once again took the test. With the cheers zant was awarded the Meritorious and Descolgadera were chosen by the such as coordinating with the recently to U.S. national security. NSEP is great knowledge of small boats and their re- and applause of his fellow police officers, Ken Service Medal by the Coast Guard local Colombian National Police com- opened Justice House, supported by unique in the commitment of its pair, provided expert analysis and assistance successfully passed the physical agility test on and Meritorious Honor Award mander after three other USAID-support- USAID, and continues to encourage regu- award recipients to pursue public to the SGNC and the INL office throughout July 19, 2007, and has been serving honor- from the Department of State. ed communities withdrew out of fear of lar police visits to these remote areas. service, and pays tribute to the the refit of “Scorpion 8.” With the possibil- ably as a patrolman with the High Point Police FARC rebel reprisals. However, even these ity of further maritime interdiction funds Department since. coming to Costa Rica, U.S. Embassy San Jose anticipates being able to refit another previ- New Network Operations Center for Global INL “ Left: INL Foreign Affairs ous donated interceptor soon. The new NOC A Officer Tamara Crouse is fter two years of planning and GINL is primarily used to enable official the 2009 Sol Linowitz construction, the Bureau of Inter- INL communications and business. Core improves GINL’s IT Award winner. national Narcotics and Law Enforcement services include: Internet, intranet, email, Right: USCG Com- Affairs (INL), officially opened its new voice-over-Internet and cell, custom busi- and communications mander Phil Welzant was awarded the Global INL (GINL) Network Operations ness applications, and other IT/communi- capacity and increases Meritorious Service Center (NOC), in Melbourne, Florida, cations services. More INL users around Medal by the Coast in a ribbon-cutting dedication held on the world in need of mobile and secure IT/ information security Guard and Meritori- August 7, 2009. The new NOC improves Communications services will be support- and assurance ous Honor Award from ” the Department of State. GINL IT and communications capacity ’s ed as IM Division leaders anticipate that protections. and increases information security and ’s over the next year GINL scope will grow assurance protections. to 11 countries and over 100 sites. 2 3
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